Monday, November 19, 2018

How Many Women Golfers Made Over $1 million in 2018?

How many women golfers made over $1 million in earnings in 2018? The answer is below. In this article I'm only talking about earnings made on the golf course from playing on tournaments. Endorsement money or any other earnings are not counted.



The record for the number of women golfers who earned over $1 million in a year is 17. That record was set in 2017 and it was not broken in 2018. After the list of women golfers who earned over $1 million in 2018, I've also listed how many male golfers earned over $1 million in the 2018 season.

From that you can see there is still a huge disparity between men's and women's golf. But still the LPGA is doing extremely well and many women on the tour are able to make a lot of money from playing golf for a living. 


How Many Women Golfers Made Over $1 million in 2018?

  • 14

The following 14 women all earned over $1 million playing golf in 2018.


1. Ariya Jutanugarn - $2.744 million (also earned $1 million for winning CME Race to Globe)


2. Minjee Lee - $1.55 million (also earned $150,000 for 2nd place CME Race to Globe)


3. Sung Hyun Park - $1.5 million   


4. Brooke Henderson - $1.47 million (also earned $100,000 for 3rd in CME Race to Globe)


5. Nasa Hataoka - $1.454 million


6. So Yeon Ryu - $1.44 million


7. Sei Young Kim - $1.37 million


8. Carlota Ciganda - $1.25 million


9. Lexi Thompson - $1.224 million


10. Jin Young Ko - $1.159 million


11. Danielle Kang - $1.136 million


12. Lydia Ko - $1.118 million


13. Nelly Korda - $1.055 million (sister Jessica earned $883,924)


14. Moriya Jutanugarn - $1.003 million



Some notes about LPGA women earning over $1 million in a season:

  • The first year a woman golfer earned over $1 million in a season was in 1996 when Karrie Webb earned $1,002,000

  • The first year 2 women earned over $1 million was in 1999 when both Karrie Webb ($1.6 million) and Juli Inkster ($1.34 million) cracked the mark

  • Eight times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) at least 10 women have earned over $1 million in a season on the LPGA Tour

  • 114 men golfers earned over $1 million on the PGA Tour in 2018

  • 53 men golfers earned over $1 million on the European Tour in 2018 (some players made both the PGA and European Tour lists)
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